Ivorian Government intends to discourage coups perpetrators


By Aminou Ouedrogo

Jeannot Kouadio Ahoussou, the Ivorian Prime Minister said on Monday 16 July 2012 that his government was ready to put off perpetrators ofcoups “, a year after the end of a political and military crisis which claimed about 3,000 deaths.

In a  policy speech to the parliamentarians elected in December 2011 and last February ballot he declared : ” We should do away with the specter of war and desbilization . The Government will try every possible means to put off coup makers”

“The throes that people suffered during the last decade, the Malian current affairs are there to convince us that la Côte d’Ivoire must definately put an end to this painful past “, He insisted.

President Alassane Ouattara’s government said in June that it has thwarted a plot of coup d’état from the followers of the former president Laurent Gbagbo. Four soldiers were charged with “conspiracy against the security of the state”on July 12.

In front of Guillaume Soro, his predecessor and current Parliament Chairman, Mr Ahousso pleaded for reconcialiation. “It is fundamental to reforge confidence ” among Ivorians, for the democracy and development, he added.

He put emphasis on the “political dialogue” with the opposition. According to the Prime Minister who promissed  an ” opposition status “, “one of the immediate objectives of this dialogue will be to favour the participation of the political opposition to the coming local elections at the end of 2012.

Gbagbo’s camp boycotted the last legislative elections. Since then, small parties pro-Gbagbo have integrated a “permanent dialogue framework” set up by the ruling party to discuss with the opposition. But the former president’s party, le Front Populaire Ivoirien (FPI) has, up to nows, called for a “direct” dialogue with the regime.

The December 2010 to April 2011 crisis which resulted from  the refusal of Mr Gbagbo to acknowledge his defeat at the November 2010 presidential elections against Mr Ouattara claimed 3,000 deaths.


Source : AFP